Saint Paul Lutheran Lady Saints travel to Wellington looking for a win, come up short

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

In the SPLHS girls basketball matchup against the Lady Tigers of WellNap, a high-quality defensive effort in the first quarter by the Saints was matched by the Tigers, as the score going into the second quarter was merely 8-5 Tigers after a three-pointer from Chloe Fuhrman and a two-pointer from Jada Strickland, both Saints juniors.

Saint Paul 32
WellNap 46
While both teams hit a rhythm offensively in the second quarter, it was the Tigers who extended their lead by three points in winning the period 15-12, despite five made shots by five different Saints, most notably a money-shot from sophomore Joanna Peuster just ticks before the half. The shot took the Saints to the intermission down by a very manageable seven points.
In spite of a great defensive effort in the quarter after the break, the Saints had trouble pulling down rebounds — the Tigers missed 13 of their 18 shots while the Saints made four out of eight, an indicator that one team was getting worked on the boards. This showing yielded a 12-9 quarter result in favor of the Tigers, leaving the Saints in a bad position, down 35-26.
Unfortunately, the game wouldn’t drastically change in the final frame, with the Saints mustering just six points and ultimately falling to WNHS by a final score of 46-32.
Only Fuhrman could break double-digit scoring, as her 12 points were a team-high. The Wellington defense was simply too much for a young Saints team lacking a senior. However, this performance wasn’t all bad, as the Saints showcased some nice passing on several instances and played excellent on-ball defense.
The Saints fall to 6-14 (0-5 in the conference) on the season with just two chances left to crack wins in the conference standings.
The Tigers move to 14-7 (3-1 in conference) with the victory.

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